Snoring is a very common sleep related breathing disorder. Snoring is a noise produced by the excessive vibration of the soft palate and occurs when there is some degree of obstruction to the free flow of air through the pharyngeal airway at the back of the oral cavity. It can also occur as a result of nasal obstruction. Approximately 25% of the adult population snore regularly.
Snoring is usually multi factorial and factors associated with snoring may include:
- Being overweight
- Getting older
- Males more commonly snore than females
- Drinking and Smoking
- Family history
- Having a blocked nose
- Having a large tongue, large tonsils and/or Adenoids
- Craniofacial abnormalities such as jaw retrognathia or high arched palate
- Sleeping position
Snoring is more common when lying on your back and is often partially relieved by lying on the side.